Divine Command Theory mindmap

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  • Divine Command Theory
    • Euthyphro's dilemma
      • Socrates
      • 'Is the holy approved by the Gods because it is holy, or is it holy because it is approved?'
        • The arbitrariness problem: if something is good because God wills it good, then can God will to be good something that we may consider evil?
    • God has established eternal, objective principles of morality
      • There is an objective standard for ethics which originates with God
      • Right and wrong are objective truths based on God's will
    • Robert Adams' Modified DCT
      • Because morality is grounded in the character of God, then God's commands are rooted in God's character
      • Morality reflects the omnibenevolent nature of God
      • Morality cannot be arbitrary because it is grounded in the unchanging nature of God
    • Challenges
      • Is morality arbitrary?
      • If God decides what is good then does this suggest God does this because they are right and good independent of God?
      • Does traditional DCT suggest that morality is external to God?
      • Does it cause discrimination against minorities?




The Euthyphro Dilemma originated from Plato not Socrates. It was an imaginary conversation between Socrates and Euthyphro.

Furthermore, how does it discriminate against minorities?

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